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Kotido LC 5 Chairperson Survives Ambush

According to Lotukei, he was part of the team that accompanied Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers to follow cattle rustled by the Turkana.

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Ambrose Lotukei, the Kotido district LC V chairperson of has survived an ambush by suspected Turkana warriors. The incident occurred over the weekend around Kalosarich grazing fields; 27kilometers from Kotido town.       

According to Lotukei, he was part of the team that accompanied Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers to follow cattle rustled by the Turkana. 

The Kotido District LC V Vice Chairperson, Ignatius Apollo Nangiro regrets the incident, saying he warned the chairperson not to go tracking the rustled cattle, saying it was very risky.  

“I cautioned him against going to follow the cows. I told him you never know what will happen, but he insisted and went. Thank God he survived unhurt,” said Nangiro.

Telesphor Turyamumanya, the 3 Division army Spokespersons told URN that the LC V Chairperson lost his phone during a heated gunfire exchange with the rustlers.  

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Lotukei disclosed his ordeal in a meeting with the Karamoja Affairs Minister, Eng. John Byabagambi and top security officials led by the commander Land Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu on Tuesday. 

At least six people have been killed and 2 children abducted by warriors in different areas in Kotido district alone since October 15, 2019.  

Among the dead are 14-year-old Ilukol Apalokol who was killed on October 24th in a kraal at Tororo hills.

Suspected Turkana warriors have rustled at least 8000 cattle, sheep and goats in Karamoja over the last three years. 

About 2000 animals have since been recovered by the UPDF, according to official sources. 

The Turkana County government in Kenya has requested for two weeks to trace the missing livestock, according to Maj. Edward Kabasa the Kenya Defence Forces attaché to Uganda.